Hey, fellow Explorers! It’s one of my favourite times of the year and I have been busy at my attempt to visit all the Disney Parks in Asia for Halloween. You’ve read my posts on Halloween at Tokyo Disneyland (since that’s my home park) and now it’s time for Halloween Time at Hong Kong Disneyland!
I’ll talk about a few non-Halloween items along with a few things we did in the city of Hong Kong. If you’re off to this wonderful park for Halloween, then you’ll want to make sure to read this one all the way through.
Hong Kong Packing List
I tend to pack light when I travel (I don’t like to pay for extra luggage) but there are a few essential things I always bring with me (or pick up at the airport) each time I go.
The most important thing I always get is travel insurance through World Nomads. It’s quick, easy, and simple to use. I always recommend World Nomads for traveling aboard (never travel without some form of insurance).
I do manage to get this all in my single Tom Bihn bag (which I have used for over 6 years now) with room to spare for my impromptu merchandise purchases. A few of the tech items are what I use to take photos and video, which you see here and on YouTube.
The SIM card for Hong Kong is what I always recommend for those with unlocked phones. If you don’t have an unlocked phone, then there’s also a portable wi-fi device you can get (just do it at least a week in advance to guarantee you’ll get one). The Octopus card is the easiest way to pay for transportation and at various stores. It’s a preloaded card you tap and it makes your life easier. The SIM card, wi-fi device, and Octopus card are easy to pick up right at the airport.
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Hong Kong for the Morning
My airline of choice to Hong Kong is Hong Kong Express. With the sales that Hong Kong Express has on a regular basis, it’s hard not to get to Hong Kong on the cheap (this flight was just under $200USD). My flight arrived at around 05:00 in the morning so I had time to spare. I had a bit of a nap, ate breakfast at McDonald’s, then picked up my SIM card at 07:00 (that’s when the kiosk opens).
I bought my Airport Express ticket through Klook and went into the city for some sightseeing. My plan was to head to Hong Kong Station then take the ferry across the harbor. You’re able to take the ferry to Hong Kong Disneyland, but unfortunately, it was closed when I was there. I love wandering around, so I did that around Hong Kong and Central Station for a few hours (with a stop for coffee at a random shop).
I took the Star Ferry from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui and went to Harbor City — which is a large mall that overlooks the harbor. Taking the Star Ferry is a must if you’re in Hong Kong, and it’s cheap, too. Do it at night for a spectacular view of the city skyline from the water.
My inspiration for what to do in Hong Kong (outside of Hong Kong Disneyland) is this guide by Nomadic Matt. He’s one of my favourite travel bloggers and his guides are clear and easy to follow. His guide to Hong Kong is always open on my phone when I am in search of inspiration.
Off to Hong Kong Disneyland
In the early afternoon I began my journey to Hong Kong Disneyland and the Disney Explorers Lodge. This is the third time staying at the hotel and it’s my top choice out of all the Disney Hotels in Hong Kong.
Read my review of the Disney Explorers Lodge and you’ll see why. (There’s even a video room tour!)
It was still early to check-in, so I dropped my bags off and went to the park for something to eat at the Starliner Diner. I have mentioned this before, but their cheeseburgers are quite good in terms of theme park standards.
The temperature outside was a cool 30°C and high humidity (it gets much hotter in the summer), which meant I stayed inside as much as I could. After falling asleep at my table (don’t judge), it was time to check-in to the Disney Explorers Lodge.
Exploring with Fellow Explorers
After a much-needed shower and a quick rest, it was back to the park! There’s never any rest if you travel with me. I met up with fellow Explorer Diane (she made a special guest appearance on our allergy episode of the TDR Now Podcast) and got ready to hit the park. On our way there, a few more Explorers ran into us.
Jeff, Gary, and Christine joined us for our exploration of Halloween Time for the rest of the evening at the park. It’s always so much fun meeting other Explorers. A ride on Mystic Manor is a must for anyone, and that’s exactly what we did. That was followed by a late dinner at the Explorer’s Club Restaurant, which I think is one of the best restaurants in the park.
Maze of Madness: The Nightmare Experiment Continues
One of the highlights of Halloween Time at Hong Kong Disneyland is their excellent “haunted house” called Maze of Madness: The Nightmare Experiment Continues. My full review covers what happens inside and helps you decide if its right for you. (Note that it’s not for small children).
The group of us went through this together for the first time. I did last year’s version, but this one is a continuation, featuring new scenes and picking up with the story. Without giving too much away, let’s just say Gary got startled and fell backward into me and I had to grab him as to not fall. In short, the Maze of Madness is one thing you can’t miss during Halloween.
The park closed at 20:00, which was perfect since I was beyond exhausted from a long day of overnight travel, half a day in the city, and the evening at the park. The group of us decided to hang out in the pool at the hotel to close out the evening, since the pool closed at 22:00.
Overall, it was an excellent day with exploring a bit of the city and meeting new Explorers!
Part two of our trip report covers more Halloween and the new StellaLou Dim Sum at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel!
Planning your trip to Hong Kong Disneyland? Read our Ultimate Guide to Hong Kong Disneyland to learn everything you need before your trip, including how to get discount park tickets, where to eat, and where to stay!
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